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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GERM

Yet she did not know that she was crushing out the germ which might have grown in his heart.

In that instant was planted the second germ of unhappiness in Hetty's bosom.

There, in the family of Adam, is the germ of the rule in the tribe,--the state.

It implies a pre-existing something, inwrapped as a germ in its environment.

This germ is always in the blood of members of the same family.

He, accordingly, constructed a very ingenious apparatus to enable him to accomplish this trapping of this "germ dust" in the air.

They are partly facetious, but also contain a germ of truth.

This was the germ of the present Congress of the United States.

For nature is of one kindred; and every soul has a seed or germ which may be developed into all knowledge.

Here is the germ of benefit societies and clubs and insurances and hospitals.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "bud, sprout;" 1640s, "rudiment of a new organism in an existing one," from Middle French germe "germ (of egg); bud, seed, fruit; offering," from Latin germen (genitive germinis) "sprout, bud," perhaps from PIE root *gen- "to beget, bear" (see genus). The older sense is preserved in wheat germ and germ of an idea; sense of "seed of a disease" first recorded 1803; that of "harmful microorganism" dates from 1871. Germ warfare recorded from 1920.

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